New Cattlemen’s Young Leaders

NewsMakers from the June 2020 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

From left: Kate Barnett, Kathleen Holweger, Kimberly Lansdall.

Cattlemen’s Young Leaders

Kate Barnett. photo: Supplied

Kate Barnett was raised on a commercial cow-calf operation near Williams Lake, B.C. By age 15, she’d started building her own commercial Red Angus herd, which she showed at 4-H and fall fairs. Barnett earned her bachelor of science in agriculture from the University of Saskatchewan, with an agriculture business major. She developed a particular interest in cattle marketing and analyzing the benefits and drawbacks of different strategies while working on that degree. She now works as a business account manager at RBC in York­ton, Sask., specializing in agriculture. She still owns a small herd of cattle at home and hopes to start ranching actively soon. Barnett’s mentor is Mick Taylor, the cattle and research manager at Cattleland Feedyards, a 25,000-head feedlot near Strathmore, Alta.

Kathleen Holweger. photo: Supplied

Kathleen Holweger was raised on a mixed farm near Killarney, Man. She’s been actively involved in the family farm since a young age and was involved with 4-H throughout high school. Holweger completed two degrees from the University of Saskatchewan: a bachelor of science in agriculture, majoring in animal science, and a degree in agribusiness and field crop production. Holweger spent a summer working for Manitoba Beef and Forage Initiatives Inc., which allowed her to put her education to use while helping out on the family farm. She plans to return to the Killarney area to be closer to her family. Holweger’s mentor is Duane Thompson, who owns and operates Tee Two Land and Cattle Co., a family-run operation that includes cows, a feedlot, forages and crops, near Kelliher, Sask.

Kimberly Lansdall. photo: Supplied

Kimberly Lansdall was raised on a mixed farm near Hodgeville, Sask., which sparked a passion for livestock and a love of rangelands. Lansdall was an active 4-H member and also attended Lion’s leadership camps in Waterton, Alta., and Bismarck, North Dakota. She earned a bachelor of science from the University of Saskatchewan, majoring in plant science. She was an active member on the U of S Range Team, competing in the undergraduate range management exam. Working for the PFRA as a summer student fuelled her desire to learn more about native plants, range health and pasture management. Since graduating, she has worked as an environmental consultant in Alberta and Saskatchewan. Her mentor is Tim Wray, who ranches with his extended family at Irricana, Alta., and is interested in interactions between ruminants, plants and soil.

Grant Shuttleworth. photo: Supplied

We were saddened to learn of the passing of Grant Shuttleworth, 88, of Balzac, Alta., on March 21. Shuttleworth was a pioneer in the purebred Charolais cattle business. He was a founder of the South Central Alberta Charolais Breeders group 40 years ago. Shuttleworth was also an active community volunteer, involved with the Balzac United Church, Calgary Stampede and Nose Creek Historical Society, just to name a few of the community groups he served. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen; his children, Wayne (Sharon), Karen (Dave) Kosa and Darryl (Maria); and his seven grandchildren. His son, Darryl, and his family carry on the cattle operation as Charworth Charolais Ltd. Many thanks to Mark Kihn for submitting this notice.

Dr. Angela Bedard-Haughn. photo: Supplied

Dr. Angela Bedard-Haughn has been appointed the new dean of the College of Agriculture and Bioresources at the University of Saskatchewan. Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Bedard-Haughn received her bachelor and master of science from Univeristy of Saskatchewan, and a PhD from the University of California, Davis. Bedard-Haughn specializes in soil science research, focusing on wetland soil management and predictive soil mapping. Bedard-Haughn becomes dean on August 15. She will take over from Dr. Mary Buhr, who has served as dean since July 2009. Buhr will be taking a leave, and then joining the professoriate of the college.

The Alberta government has established an industry advisory committee to act as champions of agriculture. A news release notes the group will provide “strategic advice and recommendations on emerging issues and priorities related to consumer confidence” and also help debunk myths about ag. The advisory committee includes: Jill Harvie, committee co-chair and owner/operator of Harvie Ranching; Nichole Neubauer, committee co-chair and owner/operator of Neubauer Farms; Allison Ammeter, chair, Plant Protein Alliance of Alberta, and farmer; David Colwell, president and CEO, JBS Foods Canada; Jeff Fitzpatrick-Stilwell, sustainability and agriculture lead, McDonald’s Canada; Bob Lowe, president, Canadian Cattlemen’s Association; Jean-Marc Ruest, senior vice-president, corporate affairs and general counsel, Richardson International Limited; John Simpson, chair, CANA group of companies and owner/operator of Simpson Ranching; Baljit Singh, dean, faculty of veterinary medicine, University of Calgary; and Gary Stanford, grain farmer and past chair, Alberta Wheat Commission. Updates on the committee’s work will be posted to the province of Alberta website.

Sylvia Mitchell. photo: Supplied

Assiniboine Community College will present Sylvia Mitchell with an honourary diploma in agribusiness at this year’s graduation ceremony in Brandon, Man., slated for late October, the Manitoba Co-operator reports. Mitchell and her late husband, Donn, raised registered polled Herefords and grew grain on their operation, Klondike Farms. Together, the couple developed an electronic record-keeping system, backed by their farming knowledge. Their system became a model for the industry, tracking livestock genetic information and inputs and variables for grain farming. Mitchell has served on several boards, including as vice-president of the Manitoba Agricultural Hall of Fame. She has also received a YWCA Woman of Distinction Award and was named a Notable Farm Woman by Farm Woman News.

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